Ten Nights of Dreams (Yume j-ya)
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Legendary Japanese novelist Soseki Natsume opens this film by admitting that the book "Ten Nights of Dreams" is meant to be a mystery, one which might not be solved for a hundred years. He says this in 1906, and the maid he's addressing comments that she'd have to reincarnate to see that. A hundred years later, ten notable directors have each made a short film based on one of the book's surreal stories.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's something in these Ten Nights for the dreamer in all of us."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Followers of the new Japanese cinema will enjoy getting an early look at new styles by emerging talents, but these are essentially student films that are not likely to be embraced by the casual moviegoer."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"The filmmakers don't solve any riddles but rather pose them in richly varied ways: Ten Nights of Dreams is in the grand, exquisite tradition of the Japanese cinema of the supernatural."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Looking for clear meaning and structured plots? Find another movie. If you're a fan of Asian-style cinematic wackiness, dig in."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"A sometimes terrifying, sometimes wildly amusing and occasionally flat interpretation of Soseki's tales by a who's who of Japanese filmmakers."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
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